Rally Championship opener set for Malindi

Rally Championship opener set for Malindi

The 2014 KCB Kenya National Rally Championship will kick off in Malindi for the first time since 2003.

The 2014 KCB Kenya National Rally Championship will kick off in Malindi for the first time since 2003.

The region will offer drivers a picturesque route and plenty of remote roads ideal for rally racing.

As the new season prepared to get under way, two-time former Two Wheel Drive Champion Leonardo Varese and defending champion Dennis Mwenda look set to resume their battle.

"I can't wait to cruise in Malindi," said Varese, who is driving a Toyota Corolla RSI.

Mwenda, who is in a Toyota Sprinter GT and will be navigated by Edward Njoroge, added: "I am ready for the season. I love a good fight. We are keeping the 2WD alive for the sake of the sport."

Meanwhile, the all-female team of driver Phyllis Wambui and navigator Linet Ayuko are also looking forward to the challenge.

Ayuko said: "We shall definitely be rallying in 2014, God willing, still with Phyllis (Wambui). Our partnership has been great and a good learning experience for both of us. We've gelled well and I thank God for the opportunity to navigate her as she has became a sister and a friend."

Rumours have been circulating that some of the drivers are considering upgrades to state-of-the-art Group N cars, but KNRC Division 2 driver Manvir Baryan, who has been linked to a Proton S2000, denies this.

"I'm using same car (Subaru N16) this year. The proton S2000 would be good but it's not the best S2000 car out there," he said.

New cars that will be racing include an EVOX by Athman brothers Khalfan and Abdulaziz, and an EVO9 by Asad Anwar.

"Hopefully, we should be racing if we secure sponsorship," said Khalfan.